We were unable to post the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” last month due to work in the field and limited internet access. Here are the first 25 of a collection of 50 wild bird photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust in April… Absolutely stunning photography that gets ever closer to capturing reality and the raw beauty of birds in the wild. Please share these collections of amazing photographs with your friends and family. You have a choice to act now by joining the “Wild Bird Revolution”! Go to: www.wildbirdtrust.com. Our network of wild bird enthusiasts is growing everyday with more than 20,000 followers on Facebook and photographers from around the world! Birds can fly and many migrate across the planet. Seeing them, in these photographs, throughout their distributional ranges makes the world seem like a much smaller place. Birds knew that the world was a globe and that we only have one planet many millions of years before we discovered these truths. We need to do everything we can to protect the intact forests, wetlands and protected areas that wild birds around the world depend on…  


Join the Wild Bird Revolution today!! Be the first to introduce your friends, family and colleagues to the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild! Advances in digital photography have given us the opportunity to capture the beauty and freedom of birds in the wild like never before. Here are the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” drawn from the thousands of photographs submitted to the Wild Bird Trust for consideration every week. Celebrate the freedom and splendor of birds in the wild with us and stimulate positive change by sharing how beautiful the birds of the world really are…




(AB Apana)

Asian paradise-flycatchers inhabit thick forests and well-wooded habitats from Turkestan to Manchuria, all over India and Sri Lanka to the Malay Archipelago on the islands of Sumba and Alor. (AB Apana)

(Deborah Pearse)

Osprey tolerate a wide variety of habitats, nesting in any location near a body of water providing an adequate food supply. They are found on all continents (except Antarctica). Photographed here in Byron Bay (Australia). (Deborah Pearse)

(Lennart Hessel)

Common buzzards range over most of Europe and W Asia. They breed in woodlands, usually on the fringes, as they but favor hunting over open land, targeting small mammals and carrion. (Lennart Hessel)

(Peter Chadwick)

Cape gannet pairs may remain together over several seasons and perform elaborate greeting rituals at the nest, stretching their bills and necks skywards and gently tapping bills together. They begin breeding on off-shore islands in August and September. (Peter Chadwick)

(Shirell Lynch)

Blue-cheeked honeyeaters are found in open woodland, parks, and gardens, and are common in N and E Australia and S New Guinea. They appears to be sedentary in parts of their range and locally-nomadic in other parts. (Shirell Lynch)

(Shishir Saksena)

Blue-throated barbets are are an Asian barbet seen across the Indian Subcontinent and SE Asia. Barbets and toucans are a group of near passerine birds with a world-wide tropical distribution. The barbets get their name from the bristles which fringe their heavy bills. (Shishir Saksena)

(Subramanniyan Mani)

Blue-tailed bee-eaters breed in sub-tropical open country, such as farmland, parks or ricefields, in SE Asia. They are strongly migratory with seasonal sightings in much of peninsular India. (Subramanniyan Mani)

(Dan Pancamo)

Black-throated green warblers are abundant breeders of the NE coniferous forests. They are easy to recognize by sight and sound. Its dark black bib and bright yellow face are unique amongst Eastern birds, and its persistent song of “zoo-zee, zoo-zoo-zee” is easy to remember. Info: Cornell lab of Ornithology. (Dan Pancamo)bushtit

(Girish Ketkar)

Black throated bushtits range from the Himalayan foothills across N India and Nepal, Bhutan, N Burma, Vietnam, and Taiwan. They prefer open broad-leaved forests and pine forests at middle altitudes. (Girish Ketkar)

(Nina Stavlund)

Atlantic puffins become sexually mature at the age of 4–5 years. They are monogamous, so mate for life and a choice like this takes time… Puffins both care for the young and are colonial nesters, excavating burrows on grassy cliffs, often with rocks and scree. (Nina Stavlund)

(Antero Topp)

African penguin are Endangered and several man-made colonies have been established along the coastline, including locations like Boulders Beach in Cape Town (South Africa). Also known as “Jackass penguins” due to the donkey-like vocalizations made by adult males. (Antero Topp)

(Melissa Penta)

North America has more than 50 species of warblers, but few combine brilliant color and easy viewing quite like the yellow warbler… (Melissa Penta)

(Chris Krog)

Wattled cranes are considered Critically Endangered in South Africa with populations continuing to decline. (Chris Krog)

(Trevor Kleyn / www.trevorkleyn.com)

Spotted eagle-owls are the smallest eagle-owl in southern Africa. Traffic, electric wires, and shortage of suitable prey in populated areas are major causes of mortality, particularly of newly-fledged birds. (Trevor Kleyn / www.trevorkleyn.com)

(Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Snowy egrets are the American counterpart to the very similar Old World little egret, which has established a foothold in the Bahamas. (Markus Lilje / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

(Sathish Poojari)

Ashy prinias are resident breeders in the Indian Subcontinent, ranging across most of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and W Myanmar. (Sathish Poojari)

(Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

Regal sunbirds are found in Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. These colorful gems are a wonder to behold. (Adam Riley / www.rockjumperbirding.com)

(Owen Deutsch)

Velvet-purple coronets are found in the humid foothill forests on the West Andean slope in W Colombia and NW Ecuador. (Owen Deutsch)

(Justin Klusener)

Martial eagles are among the most powerful eagles on earth and are capable of lifting small antelope off the ground. They are found in open and semi-open habitats of sub-Saharan Africa. (Justin Klusener)

Arrow-marked babblers have a complex matrilineal hierarchy that governs large flocks. They behave like a troop of monkeys moving through the canopy and on the ground. Here they mob a boomslang to alert predators like humans o the scene… (Mark Drysdale)
(Deborah Pearse)

Rainbow lorikeet are found in Australia, E Indonesia (Maluku and W New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Photographed here in Byron Bay (Australia). (Deborah Pearse)

(Dharuman Nanjan)

Malabar crested larks are sedentary breeders in W India, preferring open country, cultivation and scrub, often at some altitude. They nest on the ground, laying 2-3 eggs.(Dharuman Nanjan)

(Peter Pischler)

Giant kingfishers are resident throughout Africa and are the largest kingfisher on the continent. Photographed here in the Kruger National Park (South Africa). (Peter Pischler)

(Chris Krog)

Emus are the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich of Africa. There are three subspecies of emus in Australia. They are considered common over most of mainland Australia. (Chris Krog)

(Peter Chadwick)

Large numbers of great white pelicans breed together in colonies, laying 1-4 eggs in a variety of nest locations. Some populations making stick nests in trees (e.g. in mangroves), but the vast majority, including all those who breed in Africa, nest exclusively in scrapes on the ground lined with grass, sticks, feathers and other material. (Peter Chadwick)


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